New York State Fair adds drone film competition to 2017 docket

The Great New York State Fair will be adding a drone film competition to their many offerings in 2017.

The NYS Fair Drone Film Festival is dedicated to educating audiences and empowering filmmakers and companies around the globe to tell their stories with the use of drones. Amateur, professional and student as well as companies from around the world are invited to enter their film submissions. The purpose of this is to educate the public about the many positive and beneficial ways drones are being used to better society and capture the panoramic beauty of our planet.

This competition is open to content filmed anywhere around the globe. Of the eight (8) submissions categories, a separate category just for drone films shot in/featuring New York State has been established. The top winning films in each category will be showcased during a special presentation and screened during the fair.

The competition is being managed by Michael Massurin, executive director of the Syracuse International Film Festival, on behalf of the Fair. Massurin has assembled a long list of judges with professional expertise in film or technology.

The NYS Fair runs from Wednesday, August 23 through Monday, September 4.

Requirements for submission

Entry fees are $20 for videos submitted to most categories. The student fee is $5. Entries in the Corporate/Industrial/Business category are $50.

The deadline for applying has been extended to Aug. 9.

Videos must be no longer than 5 minutes, except for the Corporate/Industrial category, where videos can be no longer than 10 minutes. At least 50% of each video must have been shot using a drone or other unmanned aerial vehicle. Creators can submit their videos in one of the following categories:

  • New York State Drones: Videos created completely in New York State
  • Narrative: A fiction or non-fiction story told using a drone
  • Landscape & Architecture: Amazing, beautiful scenes shot using drones
  • Showreel: A compilation of clips from various drone-shot videos
  • Sports: Athletic activity and competition shot using drones
  • Healthcare: Videos highlight how drones are being used to improve the delivery
    of health services
  • Corporate/Industrial/Business: Videos that feature drones and the work they are
  • Student: Videos created by an enrolled high school or college student, on any
    subject. Students may submit to any other category.

Awards & Prizes

Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to the top three selections in each category.

Each gold medal-winning film will be eligible for the festival's Best of Show award. A top prize of $250.00 will be awarded for the Best of Show film along with a plaque.

Please visit the website for details. See you at the Great NYS Fair! You can also check out this video trailer: